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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Regular Press Conference on June 16, 2015

At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, HM King Philippe of the Kingdom of Belgium will pay a state visit to China from June 20 to 27.

Q: According to the statement released by the Foreign Ministry today about China's construction on the Nansha islands and reefs, the land reclamation project will be completed in the upcoming days. Which islands specifically are you referring to?

A: In the statement released this morning, we have gone into details about the land reclamation project on some Nansha islands and reefs that the Chinese side is going to complete in accordance with the plan. The progress of projects on different islands and reefs may vary. As for when the completion is due, it depends on the progress of construction and various conditions.

Q: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in an interview on June 15 that Japan would not walk the same path of war, and that Japan and China would not engage in military conflict under new security bills. He also pledged to improve China-Japan relations through constant efforts. What is China's comment on that?

A: This year is a significant year that marks the 70th anniversary of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War. Given the historical reason, it is perfectly natural that Japan's Asian neighbors including China are highly concerned about Japan's remarks on history issues and changes to its military and security policies. Actually, people in Japan also keep a close eye on that. We have taken note of the recent remarks by the Japanese leader. We hope that concrete actions and a correct attitude toward history will be taken by the Japanese side to win the trust of its Asian neighbors including China.

Q: Some people have been arrested by the Hong Kong police on suspicion of making explosives ahead of the vote on the electoral reform package. What is China's comment on that?

A: The affairs of the Hong Kong SAR belong to China's domestic affairs. The upcoming vote on the plan concerning the constitutional development of Hong Kong is an important event. We hope that the voting could go smoothly, as it is conducive to the long-term development of Hong Kong. Some people want to disrupt this process with acts of sabotage. It goes against the interests of the Hong Kong public.

Q: The Iraqi Foreign Minister is visiting China. Any readout on the talks between the Chinese and Iraqi sides?

A: At the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari of the Republic of Iraq is on an official visit to China from June 13 to 17. During the visit, State Councilor Yang Jiechi will meet with Foreign Minister Jaafari, and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will hold talks with him.

The friendly relationship between China and Iraq runs deep. Pragmatic cooperation between the two countries in various fields has been developing fast, especially over recent years. We hope that the two sides will have a thorough exchange of views on deepening China-Iraq relations and enhancing bilateral cooperation in different fields and discuss international and regional issues of common interest during this visit.

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